John M. Meehan, 70, of Taylor, passed away on Tuesday at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, where he had been a resident since March 1, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marge Nacko Meehan.
Born in NY, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy Morris Meehan. John joined the Navy at the age of 17, serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War on the USS Lexington and the USS Repose. During this time, John was decorated with the National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. John knew instantly that he wanted to serve our country after a friend gave him a tour of an aircraft carrier. For decades, John wore a military-themed T-shirt everyday to show his pride for America.
For those who knew him, there was nothing he loved more than his family and country, He was an avid Yankees and NY Giants fan, as well as the Riverside Vikings football team, where he was known as "Mr. Viking", John was an animal lover, especially is dog, Nikki and his two cats, Cassie and Zoe.
In addition to his wife, he would brag about his sons, Paul and his wife, Lynn, New York; Brian and his wife, Krysten, Scranton; daughters, Diana, South Carolina and Christina, West Chester. He was a proud grandpa to Meghan, Avery, Lauren, Michael and Candice; a sister, Linda Prior, New Jersey.
The Meehan family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Gino Merli Center for their compassionate care.
Family and friends are invited to attend John’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10 am in the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor with services by the Rev. Philip Harendza. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Michaels’ Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Taylor. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18510 or to St. Michael's Ukrainian Church, N. Main and Howell Streets, Scranton, PA 18504